As fighting intensifies in northwest Pakistan, hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis have fled their homes. Oxfam is working to provide essentials to the people in greatest need. However our efforts are being severely hampered by a lack of funds. If the money does not arrive by July, we will have to close our program.
Conflict in northern Pakistan has caused the biggest internal displacement in the country's history.
- Over 1.7 million displaced since April (resulting from recent offensive)
- More than 2.2 million displaced since August 2008
- Over 230,000 in new official camps (excluding previous IDPs).
What is Oxfam doing?
Working closely with local partner organizations, Oxfam is scaling its response to assist up to 360,000 people. This number includes people inside official camps and outside (regarding the latter, we will assist both displaced people and the communities hosting them).
We are prioritizing water, sanitation and shelter, especially in host communities, small camps and schools. 40,000 families will receive hygiene and household items including cooking pots and utensils, buckets, water coolers, sleeping mats, towels and soap.
To address the urgent need for safe drinking water we are installing hand pumps and rehabilitating shallow wells and boreholes. We are also building safe and hygienic bathing areas and latrines in the camps with adequate water supply. In the host families, we are providing construction material and technical support so that families can build their own latrines.
We're calling on the international donor community to respond positively with substantial sums to appeals by the Pakistani government and the UN for funds to support the response and recovery.
These Oxfam affiliate organizations have launched appeals for this crisis:
You can also make a donation to the general emergency fund of your nearest national Oxfam affiliate. Your money will be used to fund our emergency work worldwide, which includes responding in countries such as Pakistan.